Simple Guide to Mattress Shopping

As presented by the Better Sleep Council. Italicized information Wilson Furniture.

  1. Determine your budget and needs.  Are you waking up with aches?  Are you not sleeping well?  Chances are you need a new mattress.  Before you research your options, determine your budget and personal needs.

    We have Serta bedding in prices to fit every budget available in plush, firm and pillowtop.

  2. Do your homework before you begin shopping.  Research your options before you buy, choosing the mattress size and mattress type that will suit your individual needs.  Think back to a time were you slept great at a hotel or friend’s house.  Use that as your starting point to help narrow down choices.


    Sometimes it makes sense to upgrade your bed to a queen and put your old one in an extra room or hand it down to a child.  If you are a hot sleeper, you may want to consider one of the new Serta series that offer the cool action gel.  This gel helps you sleep cooler and more comfortably.

  3. Choose the right type of store.  Start with a store you trust.  Furniture stores, department stores and sleep specialty shops all sell mattresses.  Look for a retailer that provides you with the right information and attention.  If you don’t know where to shop, ask friends and family for their suggestions.

    We have been the Coshocton area’s Serta dealer since 1990!  We also sell Tempurpedic Memory Foam Mattresses.  Chances are we have sold you, a family member or a friend a mattress set.

  4. Use the Retail Sales Associates.  Work with a knowledgeable salesperson who can guide you through your bedding choices.  Ask questions and look for detailed explainations when needed.  If you don’t feel your salesperson is knowledgeable or helpful, take your business elsewhere.

    Our retail sales associates have extensive training from our mattress representatives.  Most of our sales associates have been working for our store for at least 10 years – some even longer than that!

  5. Test-drive your new mattrress.  Once in the store, follow the S.L.E.E.P. test.  Remove your shoes and lie down on several different models in various positions.

    Our bedding department is on the third floor of our building which allows for privacy.

  6. Go the extra mile.  During your test drive, be sure to spend extra time in the position you usually sleep in.  It can take up to 15 minutes to relax enough to feel the true support of a mattrress, so don’t rush it.  The more time you take in a store, the less likely you’ll have buyer’s remorse later on.

    We always encourage customers to lay on our floor models.  Just in case you do make a mistake in your selection – our Serta iSeries, iComforts, and iDirections all have a 120 day sleep trial.  Our Tempurpedic Memory Foam beds have a 90 day sleep trial.

The S.L.E.E.P. and the E.A.S.E Test

Select a mattress
Lie down in your typical sleep position
Evaluate the level of comfort and support
Educate yourself about each selection.
Partners should test beds together.

Evaluate your current mattress
Arm yourself with knowledge
Shop to find the right mattress
Ensure quality care.

Adjustable Beds
Electric adjustable beds allow sleepers to adjust the head and foot of the bed to the most comfortable position.  The mattress and foundation must be specially made for the flexing motion and can be innerspring, foam or a combination.  Since flexing causes extra wear on the mattress, quality construction is very important.  Mattresses not built for this purpose should not be used with an adjustable frame.  Studies have shown that raising your head just slightly during sleep helps with acid reflux and sinus problems to name just a few.  Elevating your head and feet help take the pressure off of your spine which allows you to sleep more comfortably.
Most of the mattress models on our floor are available as adjustable.

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