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Mattress Guide

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We all know how important it is to buy the right kind of mattress. A mattress that is too hard, too soft, or just plain uncomfortable can make for a long night, and the next day can be even worse. Bad mattresses can lead to back and neck pain, sleepless nights, and even long-term health problems. Selecting the mattress that works best for you is a big deal, and bunk bed mattresses are no exception. In fact, due to the bunk bed's unique design, it's even more important to make sure you buy the right kind of mattress for your bunk bed.

When shopping for a bunk bed mattress, the first thing you'll want to do is find out exactly what size of mattress you need. You need to get a mattress that will fit snugly into your bunk bed's frame, and taking measurements will help you figure out what size will work best. When it comes to bunk bed mattresses, size definitely matters. Choosing a mattress that is too small for the bunk bed frame can be a major safety hazard, particularly for children. A child's head, arm, or leg can become stuck in the space between the bunk bed frame and the too-small mattress, which is extremely dangerous. So take some measurements, and pin down exactly which size mattress will fit your bunk bed frame so that no open space is left around the edges. As with all mattresses, once you've determined which size you want, you'll want to find something comfortable. Shopping for bunk bed mattresses really comes down to personal preference, so spend a few minutes lying on several different mattresses before you select one. There are two basic types of mattresses to choose from: innerspring or foam. Innerspring mattresses are the more common of the two, and these types of mattresses rely on wire coils to determine firmness and durability. Generally, the wider the coil, the firmer the mattress will be. Foam mattresses, on the other hand, have no coils, and are made up completely of foam. These mattresses have become more popular over the years, especially with memory foam available. If you decide to go with a foam mattress, keep in mind that the quality of the foam can make a big difference in comfort and support, and prices can vary widely with these mattresses. Either of these mattress types can work for your bunk bed; again, it's really a matter of personal preference.

With both innerspring and foam mattresses, one of the biggest components that separates a good mattress from a bad one is the padding on top. Some mattress manufacturers refer to this as the comfort layer, and this is really a fitting name. Having sufficient padding to separate you from your mattress springs can make all the difference in comfort with an innerspring mattress. Good padding is also a must if you opt for a foam mattress. Soft, quality padding will give you the comfort for a restful night.

With both innerspring and foam mattresses, look for padding that is soft and thick. Lie down for a while, give both mattress types a try, and see what feels good. It's also important to note the material of the top layer of the mattress, or the quilt. Quilts with cotton blends are known for allowing the mattress to "breathe," and this can lead to more comfortable sleeping and a longer-lasting mattress.

Finding a good mattress for your kids bunk bed is not hard to do, and you should make it a priority. A comfortable mattress that fits snugly into the bed's frame and offers good support will be your best option, and will assure you many restful nights.