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If we cut through all of the marketing terminology and get right to the point, this is where it all starts. We want you to keep this in mind as you explore any mattress. Mattresses are constructed in many different ways and with endless materials, depending on the manufacturer. As a mattress is designed and constructed, they are keeping a constant watch on the balance between comfort & support. It takes a certain amount of support to resist sag from the weight of your body and to hold your back properly in place, which is critical. A soft, balanced resistance to hold your body from falling to the ground, while at the same time counteracting your body's weight from gravitational pull. And it requires a varying degree of comfort to relieve pressure points, allowing proper blood circulation while you are supported and to provide you with a truly restful sleep surface. Every mattress you look at will vary in the degree that they solve these concerns, but they must in order to provide you a restful night's sleep. Since every mattress is different and every person is different, you will want to explore a mattress showroom that provide a massive selection of mattress manufactures, models and types so that you can be paired up to the perfect one for you. The Sleep Center in Pensacola, Florida displays dozens and dozens of America's finest sleep products so that our mattress experts can properly match you to your next bed.
The next thing you will want to know is that the mattress industry uses several descriptions to explain the comfort types of each mattress model, and they are not completely consistent from one mattress manufacturer to another. Generally, you will see soft, medium and firm mattresses, which are the most known. Then you will add in plush models that utilize a firm sleeping surface with soft layers to cushion without being ultra-soft. And you will add in Euro Top/Pillow Top, that utilize a separate layer of soft material on top of the support system of a mattress. Usually, Euro Top offers less of it, whereas a Pillow Top provides more. While this gives you great information to build on, remember that soft does not mean cottony-soft and firm does not mean stiff. Comfort descriptions are to be seen as general terms, which is why you need to lay on a new mattress and try several out to find your perfect bed.
Once you take in the above information of comfort and support types, we need to go over mattress descriptions. Every mattress you view will utilize one or more system to provide the support and maintain the comfort layers. These will range from Innerspring, Foam, Gel, Memory Foam, Latex, Tempur, Air, Water or a Hybrid mattress that uses more than one in the design/construction. Each one provides unique qualities that can truly make a big difference in how you sleep. Be sure to talk to your mattress expert at The Sleep Center about the differences and why you might like one over the other.
The last primer in the mattress facts you need to shop for a new mattress comes down to size. Mattress sizes are mostly standardized but you should not assume every one is sized to the normal dimensions. Also, a mattress that is too small will prevent great sleep. You need enough room for your sleep lifestyle. If you have a partner, kids and a few pets climbing in with you, a king bed could be a requirement. Yet, your bedroom can only house a mattress that fits in it, so this defines the balance you seeking.
Twin. A standard twin mattress measures 39" X 75". This is the most commonly used size for children's sleep products like bunk beds. Some single adults prefer a twin size mattress, too. Twin mattresses are often referred to as singles and are the standard size for daybeds.
Twin- XL. A standard twin-xl mattress measures 39" X 80". XL is an abbreviation for extra-long and provides an extra 5" in length to accommodate taller people. These are made to the same length as a queen or king mattress. And are typically used for "twin sized" adjustable mattresses and power bases.
Full. A standard full mattress measures 54" X 75". Standard became their name when they were "the standard" for bedrooms of the past, which were much smaller in size. Now they are generally considered too small for two adults to sleep on since they provide less space than two twins. They are sometimes referred to as double or standard beds.
Full XL. A Full XL mattress, measures 54" X 80". While not the most popular size, it is used for Adjustable Sleep Systems to maintain the width of the Full but allowing the extra length that would be otherwise lost, when the head and feet portion are raised.
Queen. A standard queen mattress measures 60" X 80". This is the new norm of today, providing a good amount of space for two adults to sleep. This is the most popular size sold today.
King. A standard king mattress measures 76" X 80". When you have a large enough bedroom, a king size mattress will provide a luxurious amount of space for two adults and the family tag-alongs. A typical king is properly referred to as an Eastern King.
California King. A standard Californian king mattress measures 72" X 84". This mattress offers all the advantages of a king, but is made extra-long for taller people. Sometimes, California Kings take a little longer to arrive, and not all mattress manufacturers offer each model in this size. While many believe California King is the largest size available, it actually offers 32 square inches less of surface area, than the Eastern King.
Be sure to evaluate your specific style and let your mattress expert at The Sleep Center know. The more information you know, the easier your shopping experience will be. Our mattress experts know all of this, so do not worry if you are not sure. They will make sure to evaluate your mattress needs and provide exceptional care to you.
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