Shopping Guide

6 Things to Look For in a Mattress

Follow this checklist when buying a new piece for the bedroom

Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Marc Jao (Main Photo)

Are you considering a new mattress for your bedroom? A large chunk of our lives is spent in the bed, so it only makes sense that you choose a mattress that doesn’t compromise your sleep patterns and even your body’s sleep position.

Here are a few features that you need to look for when shopping for a new mattress:


Relaxation is important in getting the right type of sleep but support for your body must also be considered. Proper support maintains the spine’s natural curve.


Scale also needs to be considered when it comes to your space. Your dream California king-sized bed may cramp up a small space, while a less expensive single can look lost in a big room. Make the appropriate measurements before going out on a limb with your purchase.

Box spring

These foundations can improve the durability of your mattress, and consequently make it last longer. Inquire about box springs when canvassing for a mattress, as they are usually sold in tandem.


The only way to measure how comfortable the mattress is for you is to test it out yourself. Sit on it, and lie down on it for at least 15 minutes. Also, read some reviews online on what mattress provides the best quality so that you can search for them in stores.


Determine your budget before you shop—while it’s important to stick to a particular range, the value of a good investment is often priceless.


Good mattresses are designed to last you at least 10 years. Check the warranty first before you purchase one and also read the fine print in terms of repair and replacement of parts. 

This snippet originally appeared in the June 2007 issue of Real Living Magazine. Minor edits have been made by the editors. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

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