Mattress Shopping Tips for Heavy Sleepers

One important factor that you shouldn’t forget to consider when shopping for a mattress is your weight. Since mattresses are meant to carry all of your weight when you’re asleep, it makes perfect sense that it should be built to do so without compromising your comfort. With the wrong pick, you’ll most likely end up with body aches and your mattress won’t last long.

So how should you choose a mattress if you’re on the heavy side? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Opt for a thicker mattress.

A heavy sleeper will most likely sink deep into their mattress due to their weight. This is why it’s better to opt for a thick mattress to lessen the likelihood of your back digging into the springs or hitting the slats of your bed frame. These can cause great discomfort and prevent you from getting ample sleep.

For the best results, go for a mattress that is at least 10″ thick. This height will already give your body enough leeway to sink into the mattress without losing support.

What’s inside matters greatly.

The components of the mattress also matter if it will hold up against the heft of the sleeper. Low-density foams are not recommended in such cases as they’re very soft and easily gives in to pressure. Some experts also do not recommend opting for memory foam as it can make movements difficult for the sleeper. Most models also retain and reflect body heat, so they can get too hot, especially on warm nights. High-density foams are better options but it’s crucial that they’re thick enough so you’ll have ample room for some give.

Spring mattresses are highly recommended, however, as they provide additional support to the sleeper’s weight. However, not all spring mattresses will do. Aside from the height, you also need to consider the coil count. The higher the coil count, the more supportive a mattress will be, so they’re most suitable for those who are on the heavier side.

Choose an optimal-sized mattress.

Most heavy sleepers are also rather wide, so it’s also vital that they choose the right mattress size as well. According to experts, there are ideal mattress sizes for various sleepers, so you should be aware as to which one suits you best. The Better Sleep Council¬†and The Sleep Judge have comprehensive guides on mattress sizing, so you can head there to check them out.

Proper mattress maintenance also promises better sleep.

After choosing the right product for you, you should also make sure to maintain your unit properly. Regular flipping and rotating will help you even out its wear and tear and prolong the lifespan of your mattress.

Which products should you get?

The best Salem Bed options for thick mattresses that are supportive enough for heavy sleepers include the Renascence collection, Elite collection, Prelude, Knoxville, and Vermont. Choose according to your comfort preference, and there’s a very good chance that you’ll get top-notch quality sleep.

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.