• Blog, February 2017

What do I need to know when I walk into a bed showroom?

We all know the drill when walking into a bed showroom – someone will approach you right away, you listen to jargon-heavy sales pitches and then you’ll try out each of the beds for a few minutes, in descending price order, until they all sort of… feel the same. No matter how many times you’ve been through this, you always find that the bed is never quite what you’re looking for. So what is important when it comes to visiting your local bed showroom?

1. Try to understand the tests and accreditations

Nearly every sort of bed now has paid for some sort of accreditation or ‘scientific’ test to match you to a bed. Make sure that you ask the salesperson what this is based off, and how the studies came about. Often, it’s a marketing exercise, to make you feel that you’ve purchased a unique bed. If this is really measuring your unique body – why are they still only 10-15 mattresses to choose between?

Leading Australian mattress manufacturers quote ‘leading sleep researchers’ that are directly paid for research for the purpose of marketing, rather than coming from reputable universities doing true research. For more information on evaluating accreditations and studies, click here. You can also see what studies lead us to create ergonomic bedding here.

2. Read up on the product reviews before you go in

Seeing what other people have to say about a product can help you make a decision. Always expect a few bad reviews, but if the response is overwhelmingly positive, and the company deals with its critics, this should give you peace of mind.

There’s no way of knowing how a bed will go after a few months of using it, and companies websites and social media channels often don’t give the full picture if you’re just reading what the company themselves say. See how they deal with customer complaints on social media, and view the customers reviews there or on Product Reviews, a website that allows people to leave reviews on various companies.

3. Don’t let the comfort layer make your decision

The comfort layer is what makes it feel nice for a few moments, but it’s the structure that really makes the difference to your quality of rest.

You spend a full 8 hours in your bed. In the store, you are expected to spend 10-15 minutes on each bed (with someone talking!) to decide which one is going to be comfortable for 8 hours, night after night, for the next 10 years. It’s almost impossible to make that kind of decision, because all that you’re feeling is the comfort layer.

Keep in mind, it’s the structure and inner workings of the mattress that make the difference to the long-term effects on your body – not the pillow top or the memory foam layer. The science tells us that your bed needs to be ergonomic to keep your body in a neutral position to get your best rest. No matter what companies are putting on top, if the bed isn’t adjustable to your shape, it’s no better than the mattress you’re about to put out on the curb. And don’t forget – if a mattress is particularly soft, it can be prone to overheating.

At Beds for Backs, we are serious about providing a long-term, night after night solution to making sure that your bed is comfortable. Our Ergonomic mattresses and bases are fully adjustable to your unique shape, no compromise between partners and following the latest in scientific thought on beds. Visit in-store to see the difference and get a bed that’s scientifically designed to offer the best rest and maximum sleep.


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