Back-to-school season is upon us! If your shopping list includes a new mattress for your child, keep these three tips in mind to make sure that your mattress-shopping trip is a success.
1. Value Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive
You don’t have to break the bank to get a good mattress for your child. Mattresses like the Dream from Therapedic or the 8” Premier from Health Care provide comfort at a reasonable price. Aside from saving you money, affordable mattresses also offer the opportunity to upgrade from a twin to a roomier full mattress without going over budget.
2. Check Your Bed Height Before Buying Box Springs
Unless you’re using a daybed or bunk bed that doesn’t require box springs, it’s important to measure the height of the bed and mattress to determine what type of box springs your child will need. Box springs come in both a standard 9" high profile and a 5" low profile, and using the wrong height may make the bed difficult for your child to get into and out of comfortably. You can easily determine what type of box springs you will need by measuring the bed frame from the floor to the cross slats and adding that to the box spring height and mattress height. If the total height of the bed frame, box springs, and mattress is too high for your child you should consider using low-profile box springs. Also remember that if you’re replacing a mattress it’s a good idea to also replace the box springs so the new mattress has a solid foundation.
3. Use a Mattress Protector From Night One
While purchasing a mattress protector may seem like an afterthought compared to buying the mattress itself, mattress protectors are vital to keeping a new mattress in good condition. Using a waterproof mattress protector from the first night your child uses their new mattress protects the mattress from accidents or spills and prevents body oils from being transferred to the mattress. Aside from keeping the mattress fresh, protecting the mattress also prevents stains that void the mattress’ warranty. Just keep in mind that mattress protectors generally need to be removed and washed within 24 hours of exposure to liquid.
By remembering that value doesn’t have to break the bank, that measuring your bed height will help you purchase the correct box spring, and the importance of using a mattress protector from night one, you’ll easily ace the assignment of giving your child a great place to sleep after a busy day at school.