The bed is perhaps one of the most underrated pieces of furniture around, and chances are that you’re going to take it for granted until you notice that you no longer enjoy sleeping on it.  

But now that you’ve proceeded to ditch your old mattress and get yourself a new one, be sure to follow these tips to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep every time:

1. Firmer is not always better. People’s preferences and needs are different, and with a firm bed, you might as well be sleeping on a carpeted floor – if you don’t enjoy it, you’re better off with something that has a little give.  

Softness isn’t exactly better for your back, either, as a mattress that’s too soft can sag leave you with poor posture when you wake up.

2. Feelfree to give yourself a comfort test. While thisdoesn’t mean you should lie down or sit on it (many establishments that sellmattresses actually don’t let you do this), pressing your hand down on themattress should be enough to give you a feel of how comfy it is.

3. Check the warranty. A brand-new mattress that’s being sold will have at a minimum warranty of ten years. You should also consider investing in a waterproof mattress protector to keep it from getting stained, as any staining can void the warranty.

4. Bed size is key. The general rule of thumb when choosing a new mattress is to get one that you can fit in your bedroom in the first place – there’s no point in getting a king- or queen-sized bed if you can’t get it through the door.

You should also pick a bed size that fits what youneed at home. You may opt for a smaller one if you live alone or are the onlyperson sleeping on the bed, but if you live with your partner or spouse, oryour whole family sleeps on the same bed, a king- or queen-sized bed might bethe bed that you need.

5. Set aside some of the budget for a bed frame. The bed frame is also just important as the mattress itself, and a solid metal frame will be able to go through several beds without a problem.

As long as the casters on the corners and the mid-section of the frame are heavyweight, you can count on the frame to support you without buckling anytime soon.  

6. Always keep an eye out for the “gimmicks”. While mattress sellers that will advertise the bed as “medically-approved” or “orthopedic”, keep in mind that there is no single organization that can verify this.