Despite spending a third of our lives sleeping, many of us are depriving ourselves by not properly investing in a good quality mattress. In light on this, we thought we would share our top 5 most asked questions on mattress shopping using our knowledge from over 40 years in the industry. We hope you enjoy!

Top 5 Questions Asked When Buying A Mattress

 The Cotswold Bed Company answers the 5 most asked questions when buying a mattress

1.     How do you know if your mattress needs replacing?

People often put up with wakeful nights, constant tiredness and sore backs for a long time before connecting it to the mattress. One good test is sitting on the edge of the mattress and seeing if the entire side of the mattress collapses - If so the mattress needs urgent replacement.

2.     Is it bad to buy a Mattress over the internet?

Let me ask you something; Do you really think that lying down on half a dozen mattresses for 30 minutes in a store does you any good? I’d say the benefit of doing this is limited. That’s because it can often take a week or two to get the feel for a new mattress. There are many advantages to buying over the internet; You can take your time without pressure from the sales assistant and you have access to far more information. You often have opportunity to access cheaper prices as internet sellers do not have to pay the extensive costs of maintaining a big shop. While there is much emphasis on spending as much as your budget will allow on a mattress, it is important that a high price reflects the quality and not just covering the cost of the shop premises and staff.

3.     When trying out a mattress – what should you be looking for?

If you’re serious about a new bed, don’t go shopping on a whim. Instead, schedule in a few hours to shop; you’ll make a better decision if you’re not in a rush or distracted. And try to avoid going when you are tired because anything will feel comfy then! When trying out a mattress, we recommend lying down in your usual sleeping position —whether it’s on your stomach, back or side. You shouldn’t feel uncomfortable, it’s part of the customer service. The key to picking out the perfect mattress is to note where you’re feeling pressure and adjusting from there. For example, if you’re a side sleeper, on a firm mattress, you’ll feel the most pressure on your hips which can lead to discomfort in the morning. In this case, you’ll want to opt for a mattress with a softer tension. However, if you’re a stomach sleeper, you’ll most likely want a firmer mattress to make sure your back is supported. In general, you’ll be looking to vet different mattress comfort levels until you find the perfect one; because in the mattress world, one size does not fit all!

4.     How important are the mattress fillings?

Different types of mattress fillings can provide dramatically different properties to a mattress, making this one of the most important factors to consider. Some are warmer, some softer and others more resilient. As the different fillings have such varying properties they are commonly combined to provide to create a mattress that has a specific comfort whilst offering excellent support, breathability and resilience. When deciding on a new mattress it is important to know exactly what fillings are inside. If you have problems with things such as allergies or getting warmth in bed the choice of fillings will make the problem better or worse. To provide you with a little background knowledge, we have compiled a list of some of the most popular types of mattress fillings currently used in our mattresses and what properties they each have.

  • Cotton – A natural filling which provides a soft, cool feel. Cotton provides excellent airflow and is excellent at absorbing  moisture.
  • Wool – A natural filling that is breathable, resilient and offers a luxurious feel.
  • Horse Hair – Used in many mid to high-end mattresses, hair is added due to its high resilience. Resulting in an increase in the durability and lifespan of the mattress as it has an inherent ability to recover to its original shape
  • Cashmere, Mohair and Silk – These types of mattress filling are natural fibres are added to provide extra comfort and luxury, and an indicator of a high-end mattress.


5.     What should I do if I’ve made the wrong decision?

Unfortunately, sometimes regardless of all the research, you may end up with a mattress you are not 100% happy with. With this in mind, we always recommended you ask the seller in advance for their returns policy because most experienced sellers will offer a trial period as it is well understood that it can take up to 2 weeks to get used to a mattress.