Bob Vila Radio: Choosing a Mattress

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Sep 22, 2014 1:20 PM

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If getting more sleep is one of your New Year’s resolutions, it might be time for a new mattress. Shopping for a mattress is a little like shopping for a car or a truck: Do a little research before you shop and determine what options are important to you.

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Listen to BOB VILA ON CHOOSING A MATTRESS or read the text below:

What’s your normal sleeping position? If you’re a back sleeper, you need a firm mattress. Front sleepers need something a little softer and side sleepers need a mattress with plenty of give for full support.

Body type is also important: heavier folks need firmer support while skinny folks generally find softer ones easier on the pressure points. Consider thermal comfort—spring coil mattresses allow more air circulation for those who get hot at night while foam mattress will help insulate chilly sleepers.

The only way to tell whether a spring coil, foam, or latex mattress is right for you is to test them all out in the store for at least 15 minutes each. Make sure you have the option to exchange the mattress if it doesn’t work out once you’ve slept on it.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

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Bob Vila Radio: Sofa Beds
Bob Vila Radio: Buying Furniture
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