Shopping for a new mattress? Here are some tips.


Many people view shopping for a new mattress kind of like shopping for a new car:  the end product is great, but the process is dreaded.  Maybe you’ve done some research online and you’re ready to start trying mattresses, but just can’t get motivated to begin.  Here are some tips to prepare you for your store visit and make the experience more enjoyable:

Dress down

Wear loose, comfortable clothing.  Think about what clothes you have that would be most similar to a set of comfy pajamas.  Sweat pants and sweatshirt?  Perfect!  Summertime?  Wear shorts!  You don’t have to “dress up” to come to our store.  For your comfort, it’s best if you don’t.   Try to avoid wearing a belt, or if you do, feel free to take it off while at the store.

Easy on, Easy off

Wear shoes that are easy to put on or take off.  Once you narrow your choices down to a few favorites, you’ll want to spend more time on each one without your shoes on.

Fill up

Come to the store soon after eating.  If you are getting hungry and your tummy begins to rumble you won’t be able to relax and enjoy the beds.  With some food in your stomach, you’ll be more content and relaxed.  You can even take a nap if you’d like.  When someone falls asleep on our beds, that is the greatest compliment!


Try a good variety of different mattresses.  Then narrow it down to your few favorites and then spend more time on each of those.  Be sure to try your favorites in all the positions that you normally sleep in – side, back, etc.


Beware of the ahh feeling … if you’ve been sleeping on a bed that is too firm, you may lie down on a soft mattress and think it feels great.  Or, if your current bed is too soft, you may be attracted to a firm bed.  The key is balance, the right combination of softness and support.  A bed that is too soft won’t support your back and a bed that is too firm will create pressure points.


If you are primarily a side sleeper, you’ll want a bed that is soft enough to contour to your body so you don’t feel pressure points at your shoulders or hips, while at the same time providing enough support so you are not sinking too far into the bed.  If you are primarily a back sleeper, you will need plenty of support to keep your body level, yet enough softness so the mattress can fill in the arch of your back.

Go big

Get the largest bed your room can accommodate.  If you sleep with a partner, a large bed will increase the area you have to move around at night while minimizing the disturbances to your partner.  King size is ideal if you have room for one.


If you and your partner have different softness/firmness needs, you may think you need to compromise.  However, with our Vispring and Hästens beds, you have the option to get a split tension.  You can have soft tension on your side and your partner can have a firmer side, or vice versa.

Pillow talk

It is good to keep your initial focus on finding the right mattress, for that is the foundation upon which to build a great night’s sleep.  Also very important is finding the right pillow.  Pillow needs vary depending on what position you sleep in and how soft or firm your bed is.  Our favorite pillows are a combination of goose down and feather, and come in varying degrees of height and firmness to meet your needs.


Think about what is important to you in a mattress.   What have you liked or disliked about the mattresses you’ve had?  Why are you looking for a new mattress (Is your current mattress getting old or is it just not comfortable anymore)?  Do you wake up during the night or in the morning with any aches/pains?  Would you like natural materials in your mattress?  Are you a hot sleeper, i.e. do you sweat a lot at night?  Do you have any physical or medical conditions that would influence your decision?

Mattress first

When furnishing a new home, many of our customers find their bed frame first and then come to our store to find the right mattress.  But that can limit your choices if you choose a platform bed that fits only a mattress.  Our Vispring & Hästens beds have been engineered to work best as a system – mattress and boxspring working together to provide optimal comfort and support.  Consider choosing your mattress first and then finding the right frame to fit it.

Don’t rush

And finally, be flexible and open minded about what you can accomplish during your time at the store.  If you are limited on time, try to narrow it down to a few favorites, and then plan on returning to the store to try your favorites again.  We will certainly not rush or pressure you during this process.  When you think about spending a third of your life sleeping (time well spent by the way), it is worth investing some time upfront to be sure you are getting the best mattress for you, so you can experience deep, rejuvenating sleep.

Happy Shopping and Sleep Well!


Scottsdale Bedrooms has been a family business in the home furnishings industry for more than twenty years. Our focus is beds and mattresses, the special place we go for a third of our life to sleep, dream and recharge ourselves for a life of health and happiness.  Our showroom is a relaxed, no-pressure atmosphere where you can enjoy trying the mattresses.  Along with superb products, you’ll find excellent, personal customer service.  Whatever your budget or preferences might be, we look forward to helping you find the right mattress!

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