How much should you spend on your mattress?

How much should you spend on your mattress?

Mattresses can be very expensive. A good quality mattress should cost you at least  $1000 or more. And if you consider that the average mattress has a ten to fifteen-year lifespan, spending a $1,000 or more doesn't seem like that much. When they say you get what you pay for, it is especially true when it comes to a buying a mattress. So before making the big purchase, we recommend a few steps.

1. Shop around. Visit many furniture and mattress stores and make sure that you know exactly what you are getting. Remember there is no other piece of furniture in your house that you will spend more time on.  Don't be afraid to lay down on the mattress since there is no other way to know if it is the one for you. And if you are not sure, leave and go back another day and lay on it again. Since you are paying so much for your mattress, it is important to know what type of warranty comes with it.

2. Check the warranty. For most mattresses, there is at least a five-year warranty, but some come with 10 and EVEN 15. Is the warranty pro-rated or non-pro-rated?  The warranty covers issues that have to do with the structure and make of the mattress. If the mattress has any problems as you use it, such as sinking or seams coming un-stitched, the warranty is valid. However, it is important that the mattress is returned with no obvious stains (health regulations). To protect yourself from this possibility, use a waterproof mattress cover. Since mattress companies vary with different warranties and return policies, make sure that you understand all of the details from your salesperson. If the warranty is long, then there is probably many stipulations.

3. Know what you want before you shop. What size bed do you need? Are you downsizing or upgrading to a king? What level of comfort are you looking for?. Most people have at least somewhat of an idea; however, if your current mattress is extremely old, then you may have to try out many different comfort levels.

4. Do your research. It's important to do your research. Become familiar with the different mattress brands. Search the Internet for consumer reports and read what real people have said about a particular brand of mattress. Find out how the mattresses are made. Are they made locally? Are they mass produced or hand made? Knowing these things will take many hours off of your search. And don't forget to ask friends and family members what type of mattress they have. A good recommendation can go along way.

6 Reasons to Get Enough Sleep

6 Reasons to Get Enough Sleep

The "Harvard Women’s Health Watch" suggests six reasons to get enough sleep.

1. Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later. 

2. Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.

3. Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.

4. Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.

5. Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.

6. Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.

So think about this you?

Sweet Dreams...Michelle @ BedCrafters by Michelle

Hassle-free Mattress Buying

Hassle-free Mattress Buying

Ever feel so overwhelmed by all the different mattress stores and all the new types of beds coming out? Why can't it just be a simple and painless process?

At BedCrafters by Michelle, we believe shopping for a new mattress should be fun, educational and comfortable. When you visit one of our mattress showrooms in Williamsburg, Richmond or Midlothian, our staff will take the time to listen to your needs and educate you on all the different types of mattresses available and demonstrate proper sleep and pillow placement. We will never rush you into purchasing because we understand you need to take your time to learn about all the new trends in mattress types and warranties and we encourage you to shop around. Our mattresses are all hand made, not mass made of quality materials, right here in the USA. And when you are ready to buy, we'll be there, ready to build you the perfect mattress to fit your personalized sleep comfort needs. We don't believe in sales commission, but we do believe in your guaranteed satisfaction. That is why we offer a 90 Day Comfort Promise. Take your mattress home and sleep on it for 90 days, in the privacy of your own home.  If within 90 days we need to make an adjustment, we will do it, often on the same day. That's our promise to you. So when you buy your mattress from BedCrafters by Michelle, you can rest easy you've made the right choice.