INNERSPRING. most widely purchased type of bedding uses support of tempered steel coils in a variety of configurations. Layers of upholstery provide insulation and cushioning between your body and spring unit. result of this basic approach, coupled with state-of-the-art technology, is a full range of comfort choices.
Quality tip: You can't judge quality of a mattress solely on number of coils it contains. A high coil count doesn't automatically mean it's a better product. It's a combination of top quality innerspring system and superior upholstery materials that makes difference.
FOAM. Solid foam mattresses also offer a wide choice of "feels". They can be made of a solid core or of several layers of different types of foam laminated together. Advanced technology in polyurethane foams, refinements to traditional latex foams and new viscoelastic foams have added to choice of comfort, support and performance.
FOUNDATION. A good foundation (box spring) is as important as a good mattress. Don't put a new mattress on an old foundation. When you select mattress, purchase its companion foundation—the two are designed to work best together. In fact, buying mattress without its matching foundation may affect terms of warranty.
Don't Forget Pillow. Just as your bed should provide good support for your body, your pillow should give you right cushioning to position your head and neck properly. It should hold your head in same relation to your shoulders and spine as if you were standing with correct upright posture. If you sleep on your side, you may want a fairly firm pillow to give your head and neck extra support. If you sleep on your back, try a medium-firm pillow to cradle your head with more "give". And if you sleep on your stomach (although some physicians caution against this position), choose a soft pillow to lessen strain on your neck.
AIRBEDS. Airbeds are now designed to look like familiar mattress/box spring combination, with an air-filled core providing support instead of an innerspring unit or foam core. These designs also offer a range of feels and typically are adjustable to suit individual sleepers' needs.
FUTONS. Futons are a popular alternative for those who need a sofa by day and a mattress by night. mattresses must be very flexible, so they are typically made of cotton, synthetic fibers and foam in various combinations. futon is designed to support sitting as well as sleeping.
ADJUSTABLE BEDS. Electrically adjustable beds allow sleepers to adjust head and foot of bed to most comfortable position. mattress and foundation must be specially built for flexing motion and can be innerspring, foam or a combination. Since flexing causes extra wear on mattress, quality construction is very important. Mattresses not built for this purpose should not be used with an adjustable bed frame.
WATERBEDS. newest waterbed designs are also built to look like familiar mattress/foundation, with a water-filled core providing support and layers of upholstery for insulation and surface comfort. Quality construction is especially critical when water is involved, so look for assurance that vinyl and seaming are designed for maximum durability.