Jun 292013
 

So you’re looking to purchase a new mattress for your home? Well, then you’ve come to the right place! In this guide, you’ll find all the information to help you make the right decision, to get the best mattress for your needs and budget.

 

Stores selling mattresses in Singapore

You can get mattresses from most furniture stores in Singapore, however, the following is a list of stores that specialise in mattresses. In these stores, you’ll find a wider range of mattresses and other related accessories, compared to a general furniture outlet.

1. Tilam King

Tilam King is a local furniture shop specialising in mattresses; they also manufacture mattresses under their own brand, and customers will be able to customise their mattresses. Their mattresses seem to provide good value for money, for example, their King-size mattress which features individual pocketed spring and 100% natural cotton yarn fabric, is retailing at $1788. Find out more.

2. Dunlopillo

Dunlopillo has been specialising in latex mattresses since the 1920s. Their mattresses are grouped into different collections, for example Basic, Imperial and Spinal Care. The price of their mattresses seem to be on the high range. Most of their mattresses are made with their proprietary technology; one of them is called ‘Talalay Latex’. Dunlopillo also retails accessories like mattress protectors and pillows. Find out more.

3. Serta

Serta’s mattresses are categorised by collections; one of these collections is called ‘Sophistication’, which features mattresses that have an extra padding attach to the top. There are 2 collections in Serta’s premium range – 1) Aspen Suite and 2) St. Moritz Suite. These 2 collections features “thermal cool gel technology”, which is supposedly able to relieve pressure, provide ergonomic support, and maintain the temperature of the mattress. Find out more.

 

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You can also purchase mattresses from general furniture stores. The following are 2 well known retailers with several stores across Singapore.

1. Courts

Courts sells a wide range and variety of mattresses; some of the brands they offer include Sealy, Four Stars, and Stylemaster. The prices of their mattresses vary greatly; the cheapest model costs $89, while their most expensive item costs $7,599. There are over 600 different options to choose from, and you’ll be able to find related accessories in their store, including protectors, pillows and bedframes. Find out more.

2. Harvey Norman

Harvey Norman retails a good range and variety of mattresses; their mattresses come in different sizes. They also carry popular brands like King Koil, Sweet Dream and Tempur. The prices of the mattresses seem quite affordable. You’ll be able to choose from over 50 different types of mattresses and beds, some of their products include latex mattresses, spring mattresses, and memory foam mattresses. Find out more.

 

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Types of mattresses

There are 2 main types of mattresses –  1. innerspring mattress and 2. foam mattress. This is one of the first considerations you will make when purchasing a new mattress. So what’s the difference between these two types of mattresses?

Innerspring Mattress

The innerspring mattress is made up of 3 main components, the spring core, the foundation and the upholstery layers. The primary benefits of this type of mattress are – variety, price, and durability. Innerspring mattresses are the most commonly used type of mattresses, and there are many different configurations to choose from, from levels of firmness, to the fluffiness of the pillow top. If you’re on a budget, you’ll be able to find really cheap models of spring mattresses. One thing to keep in mind is that the prices of the mattress is not always the most reliable indicator of its quality. Good spring mattresses can last up to 10 years, before you have to replace them.

Foam Mattress

The foam mattress is made up of polyurethane foams that come in different weights and densities. A popular type of foam mattress is the memory foam mattress, which uses visco-elastic foam. This type of foam is affected by temperature; in a cool room, the foam will be firmer. When you lay in it, the memory foam will soften and conform to your body, because of your body heat. The main benefits of memory foam mattress are that it – reduces pressure points and relieves pain, and it absorbs movement so you won’t disturb your partner. You’ll also be able to purchase a foam mattress at affordable prices.

 

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7 helpful tips when buying mattresses

1. Research online before going to shop.

Find out more about the brand and type of mattresses that you’re interested in, and see what people and experts are saying about in on forums, websites and social media. Look up the stores that you’ll be shopping in, and give them a call to inquire about the types of mattresses they have, and the prices of their products. This initial preparation will save you a lot of time in the entire mattresses purchasing process.

2. Consider any existing health condition you have.

When purchasing a mattress, it’s important to be aware of your health conditions that could be improved or worsened. For example, if you have back pain, generally speaking, it’s better to opt for a firmer mattress as they provide more support. People with back pain can benefit from memory foam mattresses, because it has better weight distribution compared to spring mattresses.

3. Consider your weight.

If you’re a heavier person, you might want to opt for pillow top mattresses, which provide additional support with extra cushion between you and the underlying coils/support system.

4. Medium firm mattresses for lower back pain.

If you suffer from lower back pain, you might think that you’ll have to go with the most firm mattress. However, new studies have been published to suggest that medium firm mattresses are the best option. A medium firm mattress is able to best support the spine at all points, while allowing it to maintain its natural curve.

5. Do an in-store test.

Do not be shy about lying down on as many mattresses as you like in the store. The salespeople expect customers to do that, and it’s in your best interest to experience the mattresses properly, before making a purchase decision. Wear footwear that you can easily slip off, so you can get in and out of bed quicker. Spend 2 to 3 minutes on each side, your back, your right and left side. Surveys have shown that customers who try out mattresses beforehand, are more satisfied with their choice of mattresses.

6. Ask about the warranty period.

A good mattress will have a minimum of 10 year full replacement or non-prorated warranty. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that the warranties cover defects in materials and workmanship; they do not cover the normal wear and tear that comes with extended usage. Some mattresses come with ‘do not remove’ tag, which will void the warranty when removed. Also, if the mattress is soiled, companies will not take back the product; so you might want to put a mattress protector over it, especially if it’s being used by a child.

7. Shop at a store that specialises in mattresses.

The salespeople in mattresses specialty stores are usually more knowledgeable about the product, compared to salespeople at a general furniture store. You’ll be able to get more detailed advise and recommendations from them, and generally speaking, these stores have a deeper line of mattress products to choose from. Some of these mattress specialty stores also offer customisation services, where you’re able to specify the features of your mattresses, and have them build it just for you.

 

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