Tips & Advice
What is a hybrid mattress?
Hybrid mattresses combine an innerspring system with a memory foam (or latex) top, to provide maximum support, while providing the contouring element of the foam.Coils are considered ideal for back support, while memory foam provides pressure relief and can be motion isolating, so you won’t even notice your significant other rolling around in the middle of the night.
What is a pillowtop mattress?
Pillowtop mattresses have an added layer of padding stitched to the top of the mattress. This layer is generally several inches thick (like 3-5 inches) and provides added cushion and comfort. The padding can be made of many types of filler, including regular foam, memory foam, latex, fiberfill, cotton, and wool.
Is a box spring necessary?
Most modern mattresses don’t need a box spring to provide comfort and support. However, something to consider is that many modern mattress warranties still require one. The truth is, box springs can provide extra mattress support, and increase the height of your bed, but most modern mattresses are fine on their own, they just need a firm, flat surface to rest on.
Which type of mattress is the best type of mattress?
The best type of mattress is going to be the one you like. Comfort and support standards are different for people and mattresses. Do you have health issues to address? Do you need more back support? Different mattresses have different degrees of back support and stiffness. Do you prefer the coil style or the memory foam feel? If you have any health issues, especially lower back, consult your doctor or mattress experts for recommendations. Does your significant other move around a lot? Maybe you need a “motion isolation” mattress that suppresses movement to help you sleep. The best type of mattress is always going to be the one you like, fits your health and style needs, and the one you can afford.
How often should a mattress be changed?
It’s pretty standard to replace your mattress every seven to 10 years, possibly longer if you have a high end mattress, meaning lower end mattresses may have a shorter shelf life. Obviously there will be variables in your mattresses life span based on quality and how it is used and maintained. If your bed is uncomfortable or causing restlessness, replacing it sooner rather than later is a good idea. Comfort is essential for proper sleep. Foam and latex mattresses tend to last longer than average. As a rule of thumb, by the time that mattress turns 10, its shelf life is probably about used up, so start looking for a replacement. Look sooner if it’s uncomfortable.
What types of mattresses are used at hotels?
High end hotels have high-end mattresses, and luckily for you, you can actually buy them. The Hilton uses the Serta Serenity bed with added coil support. You can buy it on their website. The Westin uses the famous Heavenly Bed, which features a 13-inch pillow top mattress that you can purchase on the Westin website. DoubleTree hotels use the Sweet Dreams bed featuring innerspring support and a quilted top, also available to buy on their website. Marriott offers both memory foam and innerspring mattress options. The Sheraton uses Simmons mattresses designed for just them, featuring pocketed coils, quilted fabric, and cushioned foam. The W Hotels use a Simmons mattress featuring Visco memory foam. The Hyatt’s signature Grand Bed I & II feature memory foam mattresses for extra lower back support. While these are the standard mattresses and beds each hotel uses, this is not a guarantee every location and room has these exact set-ups. However, buying these are not cheap; most fall in the $1,000 to $2,000 range.
Shopping for a new mattress? You’re going to have a lot of choices:
The coil spring family (coil, innerspring and pocket) are filled with varying types of coils and have different levels of stiffness and back support.
- Pillowtop mattresses are made from a variety of materials, are comfortable, durable, supportive, and among the most popular types.
- Memory foam mattresses provide comfort and support by using a gel component that conforms to your body shape to provide support.
- Latex mattresses are similar to memory foam, but use latex instead of memory foam.
- Water beds are an inflatable mattress that is designed to be filled with water and heated.
- Air beds are basically an air chamber filled with air, the varying level of air pressure determines stiffness and support. They often have a padded or upholstered top.
- Natural fiber mattresses are filled with all natural materials for eco-friendliness.
Does a flooring contractor need to be licensed?
In most states, contractors are required to have a license before taking a job. Some states also require registration. To be licensed, contractors must pass an exam and meet certain qualifications that prove he or she is a competent flooring contractor. Registration is simply a list of who will be performing a job.
How long does a typical flooring installation take?
The time it takes to install flooring depends on the type of flooring and the size of the room or rooms involved in the project. In one day, a typical contractor can usually install up to 2,000 square feet of carpet, 600 square feet of hardwood or laminate, or 400 square feet of tile or stone.
What are questions to ask when choosing a flooring contractor?
- Do you have a professional license, insurance, and a business liability policy?
- Who will work on the project?
- Do you subcontract, and do you screen workers and have insurance policies to cover them?
- Do you have references or examples of your work I can see?
- Do you charge for an in-home estimate?
- What type of flooring is best for my home in terms of architectural consistency, environmental influences (such as whether a certain type of flooring will be affected by humidity in my area), and durability?