Mattress Buying 101: Firm Mattresses

There are many factors to consider when shopping for a new mattress, but one of the most important details is the level of firmness.

While firm mattresses were originally recommended for all kinds of situations, now studies have proven that firm mattresses aren’t right for everyone. The general rule of thumb is to purchase a mattress that is as firm as you can accept without feeling restricted. This sensation is different for everyone, so it’s extremely important to lay down on a mattress and test it out before committing to the purchase.

Studies have shown that firm mattresses can be great for people with back pain, especially pain the lower back. You want to find a mattress that is firm enough to distribute your weight – otherwise you’ll wake up sore from sagging shoulders or sinking hips.

Firm mattresses are also a better choice for people with higher body mass as they can keep the body from sinking into the mattress at odd angles. Finally, firm mattresses are great for stomach sleepers, as well as most back sleepers.

A great option for many people is a pillow-top mattress. This gives you for the benefits of a firm mattress with the added comfort of a pillow-top, and may allow for you to feel comfortable laying on a mattress that would otherwise feel too firm.

Before buying a new mattress, make sure to test a variety of firmness levels and materials to determine which one is right for you. Most experts recommend laying on a mattress for 10-15 minutes before making a decision. American Freight’s mattress department carries a wide variety of mattresses, and our sales team can help you find just what you need! You can also find out more about the firm mattresses we carry by visiting our website.

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6 Responses

  1. Can your matress sets be ordered by mail. I am interested in a king size legend pillow top king matress set: SD0002-1060. Please advise ASAP.

    1. Hi Harriet,

      Unfortunately at this time there is no option for ordering by mail or online. You have to go into the store to make a purchase. If there’s not one in your area, keep an eye on our blog and Facebook page – we are opening new stores all the time, and maybe soon one will open up near you!

  2. what is your return policy if the king mattress starts to get a hump in the center? whats the warranty/store return policy ?
    thank you

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