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Mattress Guide Part 2

Find out how to choose your new mattress with our handy guide.

Are you mattress hunting? If your current mattress is 10 years old or more, you should be. After that length of time, it's unlikely that your mattress is providing you with the support you need. You may need to change your base too, as a new mattress won't necessarily give you the support you need if your base or bedstead is also suffering from wear and tear.

Here are our 5 top tips to help you find the right mattress for you:

Size - if you're replacing your bed base as well as your mattress, consider getting a bigger bed as a replacement. Research suggests that you sleep better in a bigger bed - particularly if you share your bed with someone. A standard double bed only gives each person 2' 3" sleeping width each, which is about as wide as a baby's cot. If you've got the room, try and fit in a king or superking size bed.

Type - it makes sense to try out a variety of mattresses so that you can find the type that gives you the best support. From open coil and pocket sprung to memory foam and latex, there's a mattress out there to suit you. Do some research on the various types of mattress available - you may be interested in zip and link mattresses, or adjustable mattresses, for example.

Weight - are you able to turn the mattress? Most mattresses require to be turned although there are a growing number of manufacturers producing no-turn mattresses. If you live alone or you have a bad back or other health problems, you need to choose a mattress that either doesn't need turning at all or that you can manage to turn with a little help. When you're shopping for a new mattress, ask about the care and check the weight to see if you will be able to turn the mattress when necessary.

Care - you will need to look after your mattress properly in order to get the most use out of it. All new mattresses will come with care instructions from the manufacturer, which you should read and keep somewhere safe so that you can refer to them if you need to. Look for indications as to what sort of care is needed when you're trying out mattresses and get advice from the mattress company if you're concerned about the level of care required.

Hygiene - do you suffer from allergic reactions, or do you have general problems with your breathing? Mattresses that trap dust and dust mites may exacerbate these types of health problems. Look for anti-allergenic mattresses, or invest in a mattress cover which helps to stop dust and other allergens from becoming airborne.

MattressNextDay is probably the largest mattress superstore on the internet. Selling a wide range of mattresses from leading manufacturers, we can offer quality mattresses at fantastic prices. Our next day delivery service is free or, if you prefer, you can select your own delivery date. Take a look at our range of mattresses now at www.mattressnextday.co.uk, or call us on 0333 0069 769 for more information.