Why you shouldn’t buy a new mattress when a mattress pad might be all you need

Mattresses that can give you a good night’s sleep tend to be very expensive. Many people settle for cheap, overly firm mattresses or old, lumpy mattresses, neither of which can aid them in achieving adequate rest. A great alternative to buying an entirely new mattress would be a mattress pad.

Mattress pads are less expensive compared to mattresses, and you can simply put them on top of your old mattress and get the same level of comfort that an expensive new mattress can give. Keep in mind though, that your current mattress might still affect the quality of sleep that you will be getting regardless of the mattress pad. Broken springs and other damages will cause uncomfortable lumps or indentations that even the best mattress pad cannot fix.

There are many different types of mattress pads that you can get. A mattress pad is a great investment since it protects those who suffer from allergic reactions to their mattresses, gives additional comfort, eases joint aches and pains, resists moisture, and wards off dust mites.

Here are some types for you to know when you are out to buy the right kind of mattress pad for you:

  • The first thing that you need to do is to measure your bed, including the depth.
    • The typical mattress is usually 7 to 9 inches thick.
    • An extra deep mattress is usually 15 to 22 inches thick.
    • A pillow top mattress is approximately 10 to 15 inches thick.
  • Take note of the typical mattress pad size.
    • A typical mattress pad is usually 7 to 15 inches thick.
    • An extra deep mattress pad has a maximum of 22 inches thickness.
  • Keep in mind both the thickness of your current mattress and the thickness of the mattress pad that you would like to have. For example, if your current mattress is already quite thick, then you need to know what type of mattress pad you would like to go with it.
  • Do some research on the type of mattress pad that you need. The important factors are the material, the thickness, and the fastener. Some mattress pads are made out of polyester, cotton, organic cotton, feathers, silk, synthetic down, wool, and vinyl. Buy the thickest type of mattress pad that your budget will allow.
  • The fastener, which will secure the pad to the mattress, is very important. There are four kinds of mattress pads:
    • The Wrap Pad
      • This type of mattress pad is quilted on the sides as well as on top, and it has elastic throughout the edges. It fits securely and is best suited for thick mattresses due to its expandable sidewalls.
    • The Anchor Pad
      • These cover the topmost part of the mattress and are secured by elastic bands at the corners. They are less expensive but are not very stable because they shift on the mattress.
    • The Fitted Pad
      • Works like a fitted bed sheet.
    • The “Guaranteed to Fit” Mattress Pad
  • If you want extra luxury especially if you suffer from muscle and joint pain, buy a great quality heated mattress pad. A hypoallergenic mattress pad for those who are sensitive is even better.


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