Don’t be duped by the mat­tress mafia

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - With Tracey Hordern

THE in­fa­mous mafia creed of go­ing to war, “go­ing to the mat­tresses,” is some­what apt when it comes to buy­ing a mat­tress. Mat­tresses are one of the big­gest in­vest­ments you can make for your home.

But in truth there is so much spin when it comes to buy­ing mat­tresses that it’s pos­si­bly one of the big­gest re­tail cons there is. It can be al­most im­pos­si­ble to fol­low the jar­gon, but there’s one thing you need to know – the price tag can have lit­tle to do with the qual­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to Choice mag­a­zine, a $1000 mat­tress can be just as com­fort­able as a $3000 mat­tress. So how do you pur­chase a mat­tress with­out be­ing fleeced by the mat­tress mafia?

Firstly, start with a bud­get. Re­al­is­ti­cally, know that you can pur­chase a qual­ity mat­tress be­tween $1000 and $1500. Well-known qual­ity brands are avail­able at th­ese prices from na­tional re­tail­ers.

Se­condly, have some idea of what ma­te­rial and struc­ture could work best for you. Es­sen­tially, there are Bon­nell springs that are tra­di­tional open springs of coil that pro­vide sup­port. Pocket springs of­fer more sup­port than open coil, as each spring is co­cooned in its own fab­ric.

Mem­ory foam mat­tresses pro­vide ad­di­tional com­fort and mould with your body to sup­port joints, but this choice can cre­ate ex­cess heat, as a friend of mine dis­cov­ered.

Ul­ti­mately, try be­fore you buy. Visit a show­room with your sleep­ing part­ner and lie down on the mat­tresses. It should be­come ap­par­ent what works and what doesn’t. Let com­fort be your guide. A QUALIT Y LA­TEX CORE CAN LAST 20 YEARS OR MORE

PHOTO: FO­CUS ON FUR­NI­TURE

◗ The Port­sea Pre­mium Mat­tress by Sleep­Maker.

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