7 important things to keep in mind when choosing your ideal mattress

Finding the right mattress can take hours of research. But since we spend up to 2,920 hours a year sleeping on our mattress, choosing the right mattress is an important decision worth thinking about.

Why buying the right mattress is important

The Sleep Health Foundation of Australia1 says we need around seven to eight hours sleep a night. They paint a grim picture of what happens when we don’t get a good night’s sleep.
  • We can feel more anxious and stressed.
  • We may find it difficult to concentrate.
  • Excessive tiredness can even lead to car accidents and mishaps at work.
  • A lack of sleep has an impact on our overall mental and physical health.

Having a comfortable mattress is an important ingredient in getting enough quality sleep.

So what do you need to consider when buying a new mattress?

1. Firmness: do you want a soft or firm mattress – or in between?

Your ideal mattress is one that’s firm enough to support your body while keeping your spine straight.2 A mattress which does not offer this support can cause you to sleep badly and may result in back pain.

Of course, everyone has their own version of ‘ideal’. Some people prefer a firm mattress, others like a softer feel.

As a general rule, your preferred sleeping position in bed can influence your choice of firmness.

  • Firm mattress: If you like to sleep on your stomach, a firm mattress will keep your spine aligned.
  • Medium mattress: A medium mattress works best if you sleep on your back. It will provide support for your spine, back and neck while keeping you comfortable.
  • Soft mattress: A soft mattress is ideal if you sleep on your side as it will support and contour to your body's curves.

But what happens if you and your partner like a different level of firmness? Some mattress companies (like SleepX) custom-make mattresses. They offer a ‘half-and-half’ option for queen and king-sized mattresses. For example, one side of the bed can have a soft feel and the other side can be firmer.

If you’d like to try out the SleepX range and you’re in Sydney, come into our pop-up showroom at 7 Blackfriars Street Chippendale Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm.

2. What size mattress works best for you?

When choosing the size of your mattress the old adage is to go for the largest size bed that will fit into your bedroom.

Of course, if you already have a bed base, you’ll need to buy the right mattress to fit it.  

  • If you’re sharing your bed, you might think about how much space you like to have when you’re sleeping. Some people like to cuddle-up to their loved one. Others like their own space.
  • You also might prefer the resort-like luxury of a king-size mattress. And if you’re particularly tall or have a larger frame, a bigger mattress will probably be the go. For singles, a king single or a long single might suit you.

3. Decide on your budget

As a general rule, you want to get the best mattress you can comfortably afford. Before online mattress retailers shook up the bedding market, this probably meant spending hours comparing mattresses at a ‘bricks and mortar’ shop – and spending thousands of dollars.

Because they save on having actual stores and salespeople, online bedding companies can offer a premium mattress at an affordable price.

Here’s a rough guide on the price of mattresses:

  • a premium standard single-size mattress is around $600
  • a queen-size mattress is around $1,000, and
  • a king-size mattress might cost you around $1,100.


4. Consider what the mattress is made of
  • Traditional-style mattresses were made of steel springs and topped off with foam cushioning.
  • Memory foam mattresses are also popular. The idea with the memory foam mattress is that it bounces back into shape after you lie in it. That way, you avoid that ‘sunken’ feeling.
  • The latest mattress technology gives both support and comfort. These mattresses have been made in an environmentally-friendly way and are non-allergenic and anti-microbial.

5. Check out the Returns Policy

You never really know if a mattress is going to suit you until you’ve spent a few nights on it. If you’ve had your old mattress for a while, any new mattress is going to feel very different.

You might need up to two weeks for the mattress to ‘settle-in’.

Most mattress companies – especially the online mattress retailers - now offer generous trial periods. So, if you’re not happy, you can get your money back or choose another mattress. You might also check that the mattress company will pick up your returned mattress.

6. Investigate the Warranty

The mattress warranty is a good indication of quality and the prospective life of your mattress. Make sure your mattress is at least covered for a good 10 years.

7. Make sure the delivery is convenient

In the old days, it took a couple of big guys with a truck to lug your new mattress into the bedroom. Bed in a box mattresses have revolutionised the mattress delivery process. They’re delivered straight to your door and they’re easy to manoeuvre into place.

Keen to start sleeping on your best mattress ever? Take a look at our range of premium mattresses now.


1. The Sleep Health Foundation of Australia http://www.sleephealthfoundation.org.au/public-information/fact-sheets-a-z.html
2. https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/back-pain-prevention