Do I Need To Buy a Full Mattress?
This is the biggest
decision youíll have to make when you buy your memory foam. You have two
basic choices; a full mattress, or what is known as a
topper. As the
name suggests, a topper is a layer of foam, from 1 to 4 inches thick,
that you place on top of your existing mattress.
A full mattress, on the
other hand, is built with several layers of foam that are all designed
to work together. Needless to say, a full mattress is the best way to
go. Because there are several foam densities built into the design, your
body is supported in exactly the right ways. The only problem with the
full mattress, though? Theyíre not cheap. The good news is that they
have a much longer lifespan than traditional spring mattresses, and many
companies offer extensive warranties. Some, like Sleep Aid actually
guarantee their foam for twenty years. So, while itís certainly a hefty
chunk of cash, itís also a pretty sensible investment.
Is A Topper Still Worth It?
For many people, a
topper will work just fine. It can give a lot of the same benefits, and
wonít require a second mortgage. Even with a topper though, you should
be prepared to spend a few hundred bucks. It may seem like a lot, until
you realize that the average person spends about a third of their life
in bed. When you think about it that way, it doesnít seem like so much
Use A Topper With My Old Mattress?
The first thing to
remember is that a piece of foam is only as good as the foundation itís
resting on. If your existing spring mattress is in pretty good
condition, with no sags or soft spots, a topper may be all that you
need. As a general rule though, if your spring mattress is more than
five years old, youíll be better off with a full mattress. If your
mattress has dips or other inconsistencies, it probably wonít allow your
memory foam to do its job.